Feeling like a very bad bunny mama, I kept this information pretty well under wraps. When Apple Jane's kits Gideon and Popcorn were 4 weeks old, she learned how to open her cage door. She discovered this exceptional talent one day when Wee Walter was out, zooming back and forth between bunny rooms. Walter, being Apple Jane's most ardent suitor, did not let the opportunity pass him by. As soon as we realized there were two bunnies on the loose, we separated them immediately, hoping that they hadn't had enough time to do that which bunnies of the opposite gender enjoy doing most. I prayed that, if there were any new kits on the way, all would be well and Apple Jane would stay safe and healthy. We weaned Gideon and Popcorn last week and watched Apple's tummy grow rounder and rounder. She looked like an overfilled water balloon about to pop.
Today was kindling day...six fat babies later, all seems to be well in the nest box. She has never nursed more than three kits before, so we are hoping she will be able to provide enough milk for all of her babies. I will be praying and biting my nails for the next two weeks while we see how they do. It looks like she has three solid and three broken babies...all will most likely be squirrels.
Amy is the Big Bunny at the Hot Cross Buns Holland Lop Rabbitry. She manages the furry bunnies as well as her own brood of five kits, with the help of her incredibly patient husband of nineteen years. Hot Cross Hoppenings will be a journal of our adventures in Holland Lop life.